Summer is here! Today is the first official day of summer, a time for swimming, sun tanning, and of course, barbecuing! So, get out the grill, dust off that patio furniture, and pour on the sunscreen, because it’s going to be a long, hot summer!
But today isn’t just the first day of summer; it is also the Summer Solstice, meaning that it is the longest day of the year. However, while some of us are enjoying our sunny(ish) 14 ½ hour day today, others are still suffering from the chilling effects of spring. But on the bright side, our friends in Colorado can now officially say they’ve seen snow in summer! Regardless of what the weather is like, we all know that summer is a time for some great food!
This is a time of year that really takes us back to the good old days… no more school, you get to go swimming in the pool everyday and play outside with friends, and then there’s dad by the grill, cooking something delicious for the family. Whether it was a big, juicy burger, a thick hunk of steak, a nice piece of grilled chicken or freshly made teriyaki shish kebobs, it was always a treat for everyone.
Another great food to make during the summer is one that the kids absolutely love – popsicles! Remember taking an ice cube tray and pouring your favorite fruit juice in, covering it with cellophane, and putting toothpicks or popsicle sticks in them? How great was that?! This time of year certainly tends to bring out the kid in all of us, and makes us remember the times when we would wake up, go outside and play with our friends, come back home to the smell of the barbecue, and eat until our pants no longer fit. Then we’d wake up the next day and do it all over again! Now we’re the grown-ups, watching the younger generation enjoy the food that we’ve prepared for them.
So, if you love to cook and love to eat even more, please leave us a comment below and tell us what you like to eat or cook for the family during the summer – we want to hear from you! If you’re feeling really generous, post a recipe for others to enjoy!